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(Maurice Richard)

Director: Charles Binamé

Canada, 2005, 125 min

Festival Year:2007

Category:Narrative Feature

Cast:Roy Dupuis, Stephen McHattie, Julie LeBreton, Philip Craig, Patrice Robitaille

Crew:Producers: Denise Robert & Daniel Louis - Screenwriter: Ken Scott - Editor: Michel Arcand - Cinematographer: PIerre Gill - Original Score: Michel Cusson

Sales:Ed Arentz - Palm Pictures, 76 Ninth Avenue, Suite 1110, New York, NY 10011 Phone: 212-320-3600 - FAX: 212-320-3609


The only thing that matters to 17 year-old Maurice Richard is playing hockey. Every night, after working to earn a living at a Montreal factory, young Maurice laces up his skates and throws himself onto the ice; his body and soul into the pursuit of a dream - to become a national hockey league player. THE ROCKET chronicles the rise of Maurice Richard from a young man into one of the greatest hockey players in National Hockey League history. A player fueled more by passion than by talent and agility alone, Maurice will create scoring records on the ice and controversy off it. Throughout his career, Maurice's exploits resonate in the hearts and souls of Canadians, making him a hero for generations to come.


About the director

CHARLES BINAMÉ has started his career in the seventies. The documentaries he directed at the time, sketches of Pierre Vallières, Denis Vanier and others, already bore his stamp. In 1993, he directed the series Blanche, a sequel to Les filles de Caleb, and it won him both the Gémeaux award for best directing and the FIPA d'or in Cannes. Then came out one after the other the movies C'était le 12 du 12 et Chili avait les blues (1994) and Eldorado (1995). In 1996, he directed the series Marguerite Volant, followed by the movies Le coeur au poing (1997) and La beauté de Pandore (2000). In 2001, he was back to documentary filmmaking with Gauvreau ou l'obligation de la liberté. Un homme et son péché, his recent movie, beat the Canadian box-office record, with close to $10 million in revenue, which owed him the Billet d'or at the Jutra awards evening and the Bobine d'Or at the Genie Awards. In 2004, he made his first works in English: the miniseries H20 (CBC) and the "movie of the week" Hunt for Fustice (CTV) and shot a documentary on the moviemaker Gilles Carle. In 2005, he shot the movie Maurice Richard. CHARLES BINAMÉ's films have been presented in prestigious international festivals and won many prizes.

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